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Forum: Unschooling   05-17-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By cottonwood
I hear you on the bad habits. I was classically...

I hear you on the bad habits. I was classically trained, and it was drilled into me that there is one correct way to do things. I'm not so sure anymore. I see, for instance, that my son who has...
Forum: Unschooling   05-17-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 660
Posted By cottonwood
I can't imagine forcing people to do things they...

I can't imagine forcing people to do things they don't want to do. (Unless, obviously, it's my children and it is a serious safety issue and there is literally no other way.) I don't see how that...
Forum: Unschooling   05-17-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 930
Posted By cottonwood
With my first we started trying to teach him...

With my first we started trying to teach him when he was between 6 and 7. I was freaking out a bit because his cousin who is the same age and in school was already reading. It was terribly...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   05-17-2014, 05:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 929
Posted By cottonwood
I used a rubbermaid trough twice. First time I...

I used a rubbermaid trough twice. First time I rubbed my knees raw :( so I intended to line the second one but never got around to it, so I was just careful not to labor on my knees. I liked the...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   05-17-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 831
Posted By cottonwood
I never did have my children present. I am...

I never did have my children present. I am really easily distracted. In early labor they were wonderful but still with the energy and needs of little kids, and I was distracted, so. :) 
 
Although...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   05-17-2014, 05:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 445
Posted By cottonwood
The baby's positioning can affect where you feel...

The baby's positioning can affect where you feel pressure, sure. The mother's positioning? I'd guess not so much, but I don't really know. With my four I was reclining, squatting in a pool, and the...
Forum: Parenting   05-17-2014, 04:31 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,472
Posted By cottonwood
I didn't vote because I don't put my kids to...

I didn't vote because I don't put my kids to bed, but it's also not complicated. :) The younger ones generally go to bed when I do.  If they're more tired than I am, they might put themselves to...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   06-13-2013, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By cottonwood
Megletrocks, I'm so sorry for your homebirth...

Megletrocks, I'm so sorry for your homebirth experience. Homebirth midwifery can be just as controlling and traumatic as any other kind of birth management. It's a shame.
 
Keep in mind that...
Forum: Unschooling   01-28-2013, 07:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 713
Posted By cottonwood
This is so much like my daughter. She's 11,...

This is so much like my daughter. She's 11, she's always had a contrary nature. And like me. Though outwardly I'm "the nice girl", I also balk at even the hint of anyone implying that I need to be...
Forum: Unschooling   01-28-2013, 05:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 332
Posted By cottonwood
Please don't judge by what the school system...

Please don't judge by what the school system expects and what "the typical school kid is doing." There isn't a typical school kid, and lots of kids in school are struggling because (well, this is...
Forum: Unschooling   01-28-2013, 03:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,088
Posted By cottonwood
We have testing here, four times between ages 8...

We have testing here, four times between ages 8 and 18. Frankly, a lot of people just don't register. We were underground ourselves until we got caught. :/ Not that we were trying to hide anything,...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   01-28-2013, 11:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 29,869
Posted By cottonwood
Hi, I kept up the list for a long time. Wasn't...

Hi, I kept up the list for a long time. Wasn't happy about the wiki as it could be messed with by unfriendly folk, and it's hard to find and most people don't even know about it. Also doesn't appear...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-28-2013, 11:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,330
Posted By cottonwood
I think that not offering to share information...

I think that not offering to share information is a bad thing for all of us, as a society. How does information get transmitted if no one opens their mouth about anything for fear of offending...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-28-2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 991
Posted By cottonwood
One of my favorites is Gentle Birth, Gentle...

One of my favorites is Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley.
 
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-28-2013, 11:21 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 13,633
Posted By cottonwood
I gained 30# with all four. Started out...

I gained 30# with all four. Started out "overweight" to "obese", so that's more than I was supposed to gain according to the doctors. But, I fed myself with nourishing food and paid attention to how...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-28-2013, 11:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 584
Posted By cottonwood
First 56 hours, second 13 hours, third 30 hours,...

First 56 hours, second 13 hours, third 30 hours, fourth 14 hours. In all of them the labor really didn't get difficult until a few hours before the birth, and the main difference between my two long...
Forum: Birth and Beyond   01-28-2013, 11:02 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,801
Posted By cottonwood
Yes, better, but I don't think that had anything...

Yes, better, but I don't think that had anything to do with the births, except maybe in a bonding experience sort of way. I think it's more age (experience, maybe hormones too, increasing comfort...
Forum: Homebirth   01-28-2013, 10:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 537
Posted By cottonwood
My second was with a birth tub, the two after I...

My second was with a birth tub, the two after I didn't bother. I realized that the primary purpose of the tub for me was to shield me from others' eyes and touch, it didn't help with the pain, and...
Forum: Homebirth   01-28-2013, 10:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 785
Posted By cottonwood
I used hardly anything in my kit! Ended up being...

I used hardly anything in my kit! Ended up being a waste of money. I assembled my own the next time, and it got more and more simple with each birth...
 
For my last I had:
 
various simple...
Forum: Homebirth   01-28-2013, 09:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 565
Posted By cottonwood
I'm not sure exactly what you're describing,...

I'm not sure exactly what you're describing, because you say both that your body was pushing all on its own but also that you were pushing with all your might. I guess the obvious thing is just stay...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   06-06-2011, 02:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 753
Posted By cottonwood
s_c, did it say "planned"? Or just nothing? If...

s_c, did it say "planned"? Or just nothing? If the first, either the "un" was accidentally left off or someone wanted to intentionally mark it as planned. Because the stories are not labeled unless...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   06-06-2011, 11:17 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 5,929
Posted By cottonwood
I wish people would grow up. I wish people...

I wish people would grow up. I wish people wouldn't use logical fallacies (http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/) in their arguments. I wish people would understand basic UC concepts before they...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   06-05-2011, 03:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 753
Posted By cottonwood
No, I have no idea. The wiki is hard to find. In...

No, I have no idea. The wiki is hard to find. In fact, the only way I was able to get to it was through this thread -- I am not finding a link on the wiki page anywhere. Apparently I'm not the only...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   06-05-2011, 03:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 984
Posted By cottonwood
Welcome to MDC. :)

Welcome to MDC. :)
Forum: Unschooling   06-05-2011, 01:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,262
Posted By cottonwood
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by moominmamma http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
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